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SkyeDance performance, The Lump


For this multimedia event artist Catherine Weir and SkyeDance, directed by Lorayne McLucas, will be presenting art installations and dance performances addressing contemporary concepts of faith, the culmination of a project which began on Skye in November 2012.

The dramatic site of the natural amphitheatre known locally as the lump has been chosen for the dance performance, as it resembles the setting of William Hole’s mural depiction, in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery of St Columba addressing the Picts, 597 AD, which is the inspiration behind the project. St Columba’s Isle can also be seen from the Lump across Loch Portree.

"Hello, I am a Master’s student in Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Currently I am pursuing a dissertation on the impact of on-shore wind farms ontourism in Scotland.

I am sure you are aware of the Scottish Government’s commitment to renewable energy and have considered its landscape impact. Scottish tourism depends heavily on the country’s landscape, with the majority of visitors quoting scenery as the reason for visiting. The potential problem is that visitors may find man-made structures such as wind farms reduce their enjoyment of Scotland’s landscape.

However not all wind farms are born equal. The question is which characteristics make one wind farm more acceptable to tourists than another.

I have developed an online survey to test how tourist expenditure changes depending onthe presence and characteristics of a wind farm.

Would it be possible for your guests to fill out this survey? Having seen a wind farm on their trip to Scotland is not a prerequisite as its landscape impact is explained throughout the survey. To administer the survey, it could be mentioned on your web, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ page.

Here’s the link:

Filling out the survey should roughly take 20 minutes and I hope that it is a worthwhile experience. Additionally, as a token of appreciation, 1 out of every 100 surveys completed will be randomly selected to receive a £35, 40€ OR 50US$ Amazon Gift Certificate.

Would that be of interest to you? Thanks for taking your time.

Best regards,

Niels Chlupka, Msc Ecological Economics, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh."

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Ocean has just made 12 pots of the most delicious Six Willows grown rhubarb and rose jam. Yummm!

Ceitag's tea room is open now from 12pm-6pm for yummy soups, toasties, baking and more.

Dr Clark has previously described Skye as one of the world's most important palaeontology sites. Its standing is underlined by the number of finds from the Middle Jurassic, about 170 million years ago.

Evidence of dinosaurs and ancient large reptiles from other periods have also been found on the island. They include more than 100 marks left by a lizard called Isochirotherium - also known as the hand-beast - 270 million years ago.

Red Roof Café Gallery Wins Top Tourism Award

The café gallery has been extremely popular since opening in May.  Combining Nel’s fabulous baking, their beautiful local produce lunches, the cute building, live music and Elly's award winning art and sculpture, the judges loved it. Visitors have too and word of mouth recommendations have been spreading throughout Skye fast with locals and tourists traveling from all over the island to visit for themselves.

Gendale’s own Red Roof Café Gallery clinched the top prize at the Moffatt Travel and Tourism Awards 2011! Elly went to Edinburgh to pick up the Moffat award for 'Best Scottish Tourism Business' with the prize for outstanding economic and community impact.

For those who don’t know Elly and Craig, they spent the last two years doing most of the restoration work of the ruined black-house themselves and transformed the building into a lively art and food space which boasts a distinctive red roof and a quirky, cosy interior. Elly and Craig said ‘We were thrilled to win this award so soon after opening and would like to thank everyone here who helped support us.’

Red Roof Cafe Gallery
Holmisdale, Glendale, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WS. Tel: 01470 511766

Glendale craft and gift fair

For: soaps, cards, jewellery, rag rugs, lace, quilted and knitted items, wild flower items, photography, sewing and knitting materials, knitted toys.  We also have teas and coffees with cake or biscuits. All locally produced.

Every Tues from May to October 11am till 5pm.

If you would like to know more about the life dance ceremonies in Scotland the link below will get you there.